Making people safer from the dangers of roadkill might just be one of the least discussed elements in the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles.
Although no one officially collects data on the number of animal-vehicle collisions, it’s clear that it is a big problem. Virginia alone spends $4 million each year to remove the bodies of animals, according to Andy Alden of Virginia Tech. And that is just one measure of the cost. Vehicle-animal conflicts, as they are somewhat antiseptically referred to, kill drivers, passengers, and animals and cost car owners a pretty penny as well.
Largely seen as a rural problem, increasing deer populations in urban areas indicate that solutions are needed that work in a variety of settings.
Mobility Momma interviewed Alden about ways sensing technology for automated and connected vehicles might help. As Alden points out, people are animals as well, and these innovations could make biking and walking safer too.